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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Jarinyanu Dancing at Broome Festival
Jarinyanu Dancing at Broome Festival
Jarinyanu Dancing at Broome Festival

Jarinyanu Dancing at Broome Festival, 1990

Jarinyanu David Downs
Portrait, natural earth pigments and synthetic polymer paint on linen

Purchased 2017

Jarinyanu David Downs
Jarinyanu David Downs
Jarinyanu David Downs

Jarinyanu David Downs, 1986

Martin van der Wal
Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Purchased 2005

Shirley Purdie

Contributing artists

Born: 1947, Gilbun – Mabel Downs Station, WA
Works: Warmun, WA

Paddy Bedford
Paddy Bedford
Paddy Bedford

Paddy Bedford, 2003

Jim Anderson
Portrait, inkjet print on canvas

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2013. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Goollabal (Rainbow Serpent), 2018 by Shirley Purdie

Memories

General content

The second row of paintings recall stories relating to specific sites, experiences and activities.

"Western Australia" Sir Frederick Bedford (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1903

Sir Leslie Ward
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Sir Henry Barkly

Portrait story

An interview with former National Portrait Gallery Director, Andrew Sayers, who describes the portrait of Sir Henry Barkly by Thomas Clark.

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